Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, gives us the scoop on how to interpret a red carpet trend for your wedding look.

“Striking.” “Bold.” “Dramatic.” These are the buzz-worthy words around our water cooler this week, following Sunday night’s Oscars® awards show. The red carpet brought with it sharp lines, black-and-silver combinations and a return to structure, forming a trend we’re calling Architectural l’Amour. It’s inspired by art deco and gives the bride the opportunity to find the perfect lines for her. Our Wedding Stylists are interpreting this direction in a number of ways.

For the bride:
Brides seeking to keep their looks sleek have to try ‘Waverly’ from Anne Barge—it has a flattering trumpet silhouette, and it just arrived at select Wedding Suites last month. If a non-strapless neckline is more your style, ‘Cassidy’ from Caroline DeVillo is a beautiful choice—it will be in-store at all of our Wedding Suites in March. And if you’re looking for a gown that’s both dramatic and streamlined, ‘Erin’ from Vera Wang is perfect. It has a fitted bodice and a structured volume throughout the skirt, and it’s available now in select Wedding Suites.

‘Waverly’ by Anne Barge | ‘Cassidy’ by Caroline DeVillo | ‘Erin’ by Vera Wang

For the bridesmaids:
This season’s line by ML Monique Lhuillier features a jaw-dropping selection of cocktail-length options, and this two-tone dress has the same straight strapless neckline and black-and-white color combination we saw everywhere on Sunday night. For the bride looking for long, Amsale is the name that comes to mind—we think a long taffeta trumpet-style dress with neckline interest would fit this trend exceptionally well.

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Strapless Two Tone Sheath Dress | Amsale Asymmetrical Neck Taffeta Gown

What with so much detail in the fabric of the dresses themselves, the sparkle should be kept minimal with statement shoes and dramatic earrings. We like the ‘Devyn’ sandal by Glint and the ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Holly’ drop earrings by Nina—the combination keeps your look both glamorous and refined.

Glint ‘Devyn’ Sandal | Nina ‘Brooklyn’ Crystal Teardrop Chandelier Earrings | Nina ‘Holly’ Drop Earrings

For the flower girl:
Frilly may be tempting, but keep the littlest wedding party members on trend with a modern flower girl dress in clean lines, such as this ivory organza dress from Us Angels.

Us Angels Ivory A-Line Dress with Sash

How would you wear this trend? Did you have any other favorites from the Oscars?

See more from Andrea over at her Bridal Favorites Pinterest board, or shop our Wedding Suite online.


Aloha! Anyone who’s thinking about a destination wedding will definitely be inspired by the dream getaway of Kim and Rob Iula. The happy couple recently tied the knot in Hawaii amidst spectacular views and sandy white beaches; they spoke to us about the details of their fantasy wedding.

The Big Day: October 11, 2012
The Scene: Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast, HI

Our Story: Rob and I liked the idea of a small and intimate wedding, and the Big Island of Hawaii has always been a special place for me. While visiting Kona in 2011, before we were even engaged, we decided to look at a few venues to get ideas for wedding locations. We walked into the Fairmont and immediately fell in love with it. We knew right away we needed to make this happen.

The setting was absolutely perfect, and it inspired me with a direction to go in. The venue provided the most beautiful and peaceful beach setting, with the ceremony and the reception both taking place in the sand.

I chose a destination wedding so everyone could relax, enjoy a vacation and discover the beauty of the island. One of my favorite parts of the week was spending time with friends and family from all over the country.

Another highlight was getting Rob to take dance lessons and dance at our wedding. Even Rob’s sister commented that she has never seen Rob dance before, ever!

My Wedding Stylists: Julieta Perez and Nicholle Brang at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite at the Brea Mall in Brea, CA

Working with Nordstrom was the best decision I made. From the initial interview, Julieta got all of my size information as well as preferences. My mom flew in from Colorado for the week to help me find a dress. We showed up for our appointment, and our private dressing room was filled with dozens of gowns, shoes and other accessories. All in my size! It could not have been simpler.

All of the alterations were handled in the store, which was very convenient. If I needed anything, it was great to know that Julieta and Nicholle would be able to help me find it. Nordstrom provided spectacular customer service, and this meant I didn’t have to worry about anything not working out.

My Dress, His Suit: I wore a Tadashi Shoji gown and a Nina veil. I knew it was the perfect dress right away, and were able to buy it right off the rack! Rob wore a John Varvatos blazer with BOSS pants, shirt and shoes.

My Wedding Party: My bridesmaids all wore Amsale gowns. All of the color options were so beautiful, I couldn’t just pick just one color, and so I decided to go with varying shades for an ombre effect. The shades I chose were Sky, Pacific, Ocean, Grass and Kiwi.

Our Special Moments: It was really eye-opening to see and feel that love and support of people who had traveled so far. I loved watching some of my best friends meet some of Rob’s best friends for the first time and really get along well.

Photography by Toby Hoogs

You can see more photos of Rob and Kim’s wedding here!

Did you find your wedding dress at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding day story! E-mail Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details about getting your big day featured on our blog. And for more inspiration, make a complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

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When it comes to creating a romantic aesthetic, no one brings the ooh-and-ah-factor quite like Hayley Paige, who enchanted us with her whimsical gowns for spring/summer 2013. A designer who’s new to Nordstrom, Hayley chatted with us about the process of finding her design persona, not being afraid to push the envelope on your wedding day, and which gown styles you’ll want to gravitate toward in the coming season.

The Wedding Suite: In terms of design, what makes a wedding gown a successful creation?
Hayley Paige: Confidence! As with most creative processes, staying true to your vision and executing that vision to the best of your ability is the most important factor. The language of accountability is a beautiful way of communicating to the bride.

Before venturing into bridal, you did a stint in ready-to-wear working for Jill Stuart. Which ready-to-wear techniques do you incorporate into your designs?
Hayley: It’s so important to present a balanced assortment. You want to deliver gowns that brides are asking for, but there also have to be some directional risks, wow factors and what I like to call “freshies” for an effective brand representation. As in ready-to-wear fashion, the bridal industry has a great deal of saturation. This makes it all the more important to keep evolving and interpreting a demographic while staying true to your aesthetic delivery. Getting my start in ready-to-wear was also important in figuring out my design persona. Biggest lesson learned: It’s nice to be important. But it’s more important to be nice!

Which fabrics, necklines and gown lengths will be trending for 2013?
Hayley: I’ve seen a lot of versatility with regard to interchangeable looks: adding a bolero, removing a skirt, detaching a train. In 2013, I definitely think we will see more gowns offering two looks in one. I’ve also had a ton of fun with sheer peekaboo details, illusion necklines and baroque-style beading. These are elements I will be integrating into next season as well. Although I don’t foresee too much novelty with regard to fabrics, you can always count on oodles of chunky embellishments, ombre accents of color and sheer elements of temptation!

Are there any Hollywood weddings that have inspired you? If so, what about the wedding caught your attention in particular?
Hayley: Gwen Stefani wins by a landslide! I was so utterly love-struck by her gown choice. It was the first time I saw a hot pink ombre wedding gown, which is why this was one of the first trends I was eager to incorporate into my debut collection. I’ve always been drawn to gowns that offer a playful juxtaposition in style. Whether it is twinkle versus matte, structured versus organic or modern versus shabby-chic, creating a lovely balance of sophistication and sass is my ultimate creative desire.

What three rules of style should every bride keep in the back of her mind when selecting her wedding gown?
Hayley: 1. Your wedding day is a chance to push the envelope, but that doesn’t have to involve changing who you are. I love brides who draw directly from their personal style but also up the ante! Your gown is an opportunity for a fantastical escape, but that doesn’t mean you need to do something wildly outside your personal style or character. You want your hubby-to-be to recognize you!
2. Avoid feeling confined by tradition. There is sparkle and splendor in being an “of the moment” bride. I think few things are better than looking back at wedding photos from previous generations and valuing the homage to that time period. Fashion is beautifully cyclical, so you don’t have to feel obligated to choose a dress that you foresee being “on trend” in 40 years.
3. I see so many brides getting too caught up in the details of the gown and overwhelmed by the process of picking “the one,” when in reality, it’s going to happen in the same way you found your groom: You’ll just know!

Describe your dream wedding.
Hayley: This is always one of my favorite questions, because my answer is playfully capricious. I don’t think I would be able to know what kind of wedding I would want until I knew who my groom was! Three things are for sure, though: There will be a ton of wardrobe changes, 50 shades of pink and lots of dancing.

Discover our selection of Hayley Paige wedding gowns at a Nordstrom Wedding Suite near you.


Julia describes how she pulled off blending the traditions of two people of different faiths while building new traditions of their own at their sophisticated Ohio wedding.

The Big Day: October 27, 2012

The Scene: Greystone Hall in Akron, Ohio

Our Story: Kevin is Catholic, and I am Jewish, so we decided not to have a religious officiant. Instead, our mutual friend who introduced us got ordained and performed the ceremony, which was so special. Our ceremony was really personal, and we loved getting to customize it to include traditions from both religions as well as readings that were important to us.

The venue was an old Masonic Lodge built in 1917 that was simply exquisite, including hand-painted ceilings, marble detailing and a two-story ballroom. We wanted a sophisticated feel, but more importantly, we wanted our guests to feel comfortable, relaxed and have a great time. Our goal was to get as many people as possible on the dance floor, and I think we accomplished that!

My Wedding Stylist: Katie Priscilla at Nordstrom Beachwood Place in Beachwood, Ohio

Katie was absolutely incredible. She understood the look I wanted to create and helped me find the perfect dress for my body. Katie also helped me find my bridal accessories, bridesmaid dresses and my rehearsal dinner dress. Every time I met with Katie, I felt confident she would help me find exactly what I was looking for. She knew the products inside and out, and she was so sweet and so much fun to work with.

My Look: My gown was the Nicole Miller Faille Trumpet Gown, with Givenchy jewelry and Vera Wang shoes.

When it was time to get my dress altered, Natasha, Nordstrom’s wedding alterations specialist, went above and beyond my highest expectations and perfectly tailored my dress to my shape. The bustle she created was stunning, and I received numerous compliments from wedding guests.

Not only were Katie and Natasha wonderful at their jobs, they were both an absolute pleasure to work with. They always had a genuine smile on their faces, and they were both so warm and welcoming.

My Wedding Party: My bridesmaids wore grey dresses by Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique. They all LOVED their dresses (saying they were not typical “bridesmaid” dresses) and will happily wear them again.

Our Special Moments: We didn’t want to have a traditional guestbook, so Kevin and I tried to come up with a creative way for our guests to share their thoughts and marriage advice in a non-traditional way. We ended up having guests write their message on a block of wood from the game Jenga. We placed a block at each guest’s table setting and provided a separate table where people could add their block to the pile. At the end of the night, we had a tower of messages from our guests–it was so much fun!

We read all of the messages the following day. Some were really touching, others were hilarious and had us crying from laughing so hard–and all of them were very personal. We’ll have these forever, and every time we read them, it will remind us of the love we are surrounded with from our incredible friends and family.

Photography by Lisa Scalfaro.

Did you find something for a wedding at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! E-mail Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details about getting your wedding featured on our blog. And for more inspiration, make a complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.


Beautiful dresses, gorgeous weather and secluded country pastures: Caroline and Jason Oh look back on their lovely fall wedding, which took place on the acres of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York State.

Big Day: October 14, 2012
The Scene: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Jason and I both wanted to have a small, intimate wedding with close friends and fantastic food. We were engaged in July of 2012. Since neither one of us wanted a long engagement, we decided on a fall 2012 wedding. From the beginning, we had a very clear vision of the type of venue, size and feel of the wedding we wanted, so planning for such a big occasion in a short period of time was manageable.

We wanted our wedding to have a very personal feel. I chose to make my own centerpieces of dark red James Storie orchids, as well as my bouquet and boutonnieres (for Jason and the men in the family), using a mix of white freesia, vendela roses, and dark red hypericum berries. The arch for our ceremony consisted of branches of ilex berry branches (also called winterberry, a type of holly), which I absolutely loved.

Favors: I made three varieties of homemade jam—strawberry rhubarb, wild blueberry lemon, peach mango—using local berries and fruits.

My Wedding Stylist: Michelle Britton at Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ.

Michelle and the team at the Wedding Suite were fantastic. Friendliness, responsiveness, and communication: across the board, everyone was great to work with. The dress came on time, and we had time for two fittings with an in-house seamstress who was also terrific. I can say that the team really made my wedding dress shopping experience fun, and completely pain-free.

My Dress: I came in specifically for a NOUVELLE Amsale gown from the Fall 2012 collection after seeing the dress in a wedding magazine. It was only the second dress I tried on. For the reception, I wore Givenchy‘s multi-strand pearl necklace and matching drop earrings.

Our Special Moment: Before the ceremony, Jason and I had a few minutes to walk through the reception area and outdoor ceremony garden before our guests arrived. Seeing everything beautifully in place, just awaiting the guests, let us have a few quiet moments to really focus on the fact that we were getting married. After months of planning, now all we had to do was say “I do”! It was a fantastic feeling.

Photography © 2012 Steve Worth Photography

Did you find your wedding dress at Nordstrom? Share your aisle style with us! E-mail Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details about getting your wedding featured on our blog. And for more inspiration, make a complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

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Allow us to introduce you to Hayley Paige, a designer new to Nordstrom, who is helping us celebrate our eighth day of gowns. Paige brought us a little drama, a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of Audrey Hepburn for spring/summer 2013 that had us “ooohing” and “ahhhhing” for more!

For the bride attracted to Paige’s romantic aesthetic, you’ll certainly have your work cut out for you when it comes to narrowing down gown options, as they are endless. But, don’t fret; we think the more options the better, and we’re carrying Paige at all of our 18 Wedding Suites! HOORAY! Ladies, pop that champagne, call your girlfriends and head over to a suite near you.

Check out some of the current bridal collections we have in our suites, and tune back in for the remaining 4 days of gowns!


Let’s sing: “On the 6th day of Gowns, the Wedding Suite brought to me…FOUR JENNY YOO’s!” Okay, we’ll spare you the caroling, but just when you thought the white dress couldn’t be reinvented, we present Jenny Yoo. Sparkle and shimmer were the highlights of her spring/summer 2013 collection, and what we love most about this line is that you can customize the neckline: from straps to strapless, one shoulder or both, Jenny Yoo has you covered!

The New York-based designer also brings us a couple short-gown options for the coming season that are so feminine and sophisticated we’re sure most brides will swoon. Clearly, the Nordstrom wedding team just loves YOO! All brides-to-be should bookmark The Wedding Suite and keep up with our 12 Days of Gowns countdown for more stylish spring/summer 2013 options.


Our wedding team is always on the hunt for one-of-a-kind gowns, so when famed bridal designer Anne Barge introduced us to her latest couture collection for spring/summer 2013, it was a dream come true. We were especially caught off by the Waverly! Let us tell you, it is unlike anything we have ever laid our eyes on! Also on our radar were new gowns from the La Fleur by Anne Barge collection: Each dress is unique from the others in lace, silk and chiffon fabrications. We especially love that her designs include strap options!

L and center: Anne Barge Bridal | R: La Fleur by Anne Barge ‘Aimee’

Discover bridal bliss at The Wedding Suite, and keep up with our ’12 Days of Gowns’ countdown for more stylish options to bookmark or even add to Pinterest. Check back here for Day 5, featuring luxe looks from Caroline DeVillo!


Project Runway alum Heidi Elnora dazzled us for spring 2013 with her illusion necklines, fine keyholes and strands of lace that brides can only dream of donning on the big day! With our ’12 Days of Gowns’ feature in full swing, Heidi comes in at number two: her gowns, carried in selected Wedding Suites, are absolutely exquisite, and certainly garner two thumbs up for her quality craftsmanship and detail.

Heidi Elnora is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and her Southern sensibility adds to the charm of her creations.

L to R: ‘Lace Keyhole’ and ‘Rubie Joe’

‘Mary Margaret’

Browse all the current bridal collections we have in The Wedding Suite, and check back here for more glorious gowns!


 Saukok Tiampo, guest contributor of REVEL, highlights the glimmering beauty of a gold and white wedding theme.

I remember being at a bit of a loss when it came to color selection for my big day. I mean, I’ve never been one of those girls who’s had a favorite color all her life – more like the one who switches up favorites every year! White and gold is the perfect palette – white, containing all the colors of the spectrum, at the same time dazzling yet innocent, light, and pure; and rich, sunny, glamorous gold. Go ahead, it’ll be stunning.

1) Roses by Reem Acra Bridal Bee Balm Dress (#R101)
2) Nadri Princess Earrings
3) B Brian Atwood ‘Cassiane’ High Sandal
4) Dogeared ‘Bridesmaid – Heart’ Pendant Necklace (Nordstrom Exclusive)
5) Donna Morgan Strapless Shimmer Chiffon Dress

Visit me at REVEL for all the details on this glamorous white and gold wedding inspiration, or stop by for inspiration boards by color and style. Have an upcoming wedding? Submit your wedding colors and I might just build a board for you in REVEL by Request.

Until next time!